This will be a longer post than I thought. I spaced out on the fact that, after touring Pointe du Hoc and Utah Beach (and eating our bag lunches on the bus because it was raining), we went on to tour some of the French villages that were liberated by paratroopers in the early hours of D-Day. So stay with me, folks.
The photo galleries for this are Pointe du Hoc and Utah Beach (the last 2 pages), and a second gallery, Elsewhere in Normandy. This gallery has many more shots of the local churches than I could include in this post.
Utah Beach is full of official monuments – a Federal monument honoring all the U.S troops who participated, a monument honoring the 90th Infantry. They’re in the gallery, but I want to share this one. The Higgins boat is how most of the infantry came ashore. Look at one and think about it.
They also had a museum on Utah Beach, a little back from the beach front. There was a museum at Omaha Beach too, but we didn’t get into it, probably due to the ceremonial visit to the cemetery. The Utah Beach museum had one that just charmed me:
Isn’t that name a classic? I can’t think of anything more “World War II American.”